It has been such a busy New Year! I have a bunch of posts planned on a variety of Invitations to Play to share quite soon -- our Winter Nature Pal Exchange Craft, Story Stones, Valentine Inspired Play Activities, Sensory Bottles and More! In the meantime, I thought I would go old school and share one of our favorite homemade activities: Popsicle Sticks in a Coffee Can Posting!
This is one of Miss F’s favorite play options. It even traveled with us on a road trip up to Boston to visit family recently. And considering we were traveling in a snowstorm and the trip took much longer than we anticipated it was good to have a few absolute favorite activities for Miss F. to enjoy!
Miss F. loves this activity because it allows her to do one of her favorite things: transfer materials from one vessel to another. I love it because it was easy to make, and cost me very little in supplies! And...it was a good excuse for me to enjoy a bit more decaf coffee (I had to empty the can, right?!?).
To make your own Popsicle Sticks in a Coffee Can Posting Activity is Simple & Easy:
Coffee Can with Removable Lid
*I like to also have a container, a canning jar or zipper pouch to hold the sticks when not in use
To create the slot, take sharp scissors, puncture a hole, and then cut a small rectangle shape big enough to accommodate the width of the popsicle sticks.
As Miss F. is quite familiar with this type of activity, I did not need to model it for her--but if I was introducing this type of activity for the first time, I would have showed Miss F how the popsicle sticks fit into the slot of the can.
I have the plan that Miss F can only ask me to open the lid and empty the can once there are no more popsicle sticks remaining.
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